Azusa Pacific University System
Master of Public Administration
Cost Per Unit
Public Administration Program Requirements
The Master of Public Administration program features 12 courses at three units each to total 36 units. Each course meets for eight weeks. The graduate student typically takes one course at a time completing two courses each semester.
Investigation of the historical development of the theoretical foundations of modern public administration practice. The course serves as an overview of the public administration profession within a democratic society, a description of the history and development of the field of public administration, and an introduction to ethical issues faced by public administrators.
Exploration of leadership and management in public administration at the cognitive, experiential, and implementation level. Students integrate and apply theoretical concepts, improve collaborative management skills, and explore their individual philosophies of leadership within real-world scenarios.
Analysis of theories and strategies of resource allocation as a basis for managing revenues and debt in the government, with a focus on budgeting as a tool for controlling both operations and policy at all levels of government. Students gain an understanding of the role of government in a market economy to include the impact of monies spent at the local, state, and federal levels. Students investigate why expenditures are channeled toward certain critical areas in the economy under conditions of market failure.
Evaluation of labor-management negotiations grounded in theory. Students analyze and articulate the nature and extent of labor-management negotiations, the suspected causes of conflict, and the internal and external influences on these processes. Students consider the critical issues in labor-management negotiations and collective bargaining in the public sector and analyze crucial policy issues.
A comprehensive examination of conflict resolution with an emphasis on public sector labor negotiations. Students evaluate and critically analyze theoretical, collaborative, and practical approaches associated with conflict resolution, negotiation, and consensus-building in the workplace in order to develop necessary skills to both identify and resolve interpersonal, intra-group, and inter-group conflicts.
Examination of the activities of government and the consequences of those actions. Through the application of analytical techniques, students gain an understanding of the nature of public policy and various ways in which it may be approached to include addressing complex, real-world policy matters involving multiple constituent groups with diverse interests, institutional complexity, and ethical controversy.
Exploration of the basic legal and ethical concepts and challenges facing public administrators. Students identify principles that might guide legal and ethical choices and show the practical impacts of these principles. Students consider the tensions among ethics, societal influences, and faith in public administration decision making.
Examination of the interrelationship of political and economic factors that influence both public political and economic outcomes. Key means of analysis includes the application of micro- and macro-economic theories to obtain better understandings of political and administrative decision-making processes. Students explore the relationship and dynamics between public policies and political forces.
Systematic analysis of theories and concepts of organizational theory in the field of public administration. Students explore the structure and function of public and nonprofit organizations, behavioral dynamics, and how to apply theory to practice. Students examine a variety of major theories and perspectives and discuss recent research in the discipline.
Review and application of professional presentation skills within an organization. This course provides students with effective strategies for integrating technology-enabled communication, data, narrative information, and persuasive oral presentation skills. Students practice the ethical use of messaging for public communication. Coursework requires practical application and demonstration of skills.
Evaluation, based on scholarly literature, of a program offered by a non-profit, government, or contract organization. Students review city council meeting agendas and minutes to gather public comment about a specific program. Students analyze secondary data from program reporting data to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the program and propose recommendations for improvement.
Investigation of real-world scenarios that require analysis and ethically sound problem-solving. Students identify a salient issue in a community in which they live or work that is currently in focus among city officials and constituents. Students investigate the perspectives of all involved parties and propose a solution or intervention to address the issue. Students advocate for the solution to a city official.
Prerequisite: MPA 500, MPA 510, MPA 550, MPA 560, and 18 additional credits of MPA coursework.
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